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Highway under the HudsonA History of the Holland Tunnel$
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Robert W. Jackson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814742990

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814742990.001.0001

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Highway under the Hudson

Robert W. Jackson

NYU Press

This chapter describes the plans to build either a bridge over or a tunnel under the Hudson River. The New Jersey Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Commission engaged the engineering firm of Jacobs and Davies, of London and New York, to submit a formal report regarding a tunnel, while the New York State Bridge Commission hired the engineering firm of Boller, Hodge, and Baird, of New York, to submit a report regarding a bridge. The tunnel designed by Jacobs and Davies would cost approximately $11 million, considerably less than the $42 million estimated by Boller, Hodge, and Baird for a suspension bridge. Given the comparative cost estimates and the urgent need to build the river's first vehicular link at a point where it was most needed, the bridge and tunnel commissions opted for the construction of a tunnel. The remainder of the chapter discusses the various obstacles standing in the way of the project, including construction laws and red tape.

Keywords:   bridges, vehicular tunnels, Hudson River, New Jersey Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Commission, New York State Bridge Commission

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